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Cumberland Atelier

Training your Eyes, Mind and Hands



1978 Wilson Pike, Franklin, United States

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The aim of the Cumberland Atelier is to provide consistent, personalized instruction to the individual student in the context of the classical tradition, so that he or she may translate that training fluently into his or her own work. 

We at The Cumberland Atelier believe that creativity is supported by knowledge; that  on a foundation of understanding, artists can spread their wings and fly. Our goal is to provide that foundation of the requisite skills in drawing and painting, both conceptually and practically. We work with talented people of all ages, nurturing and instructing them in the basics such as anatomy, color theory, proportion, perspective and composition. 

The course of an artist’s training is long, if not infinite, and as much as it requires determination on behalf of the student, it also requires attentive guidance on behalf of the teacher. The duty of the teacher within the atelier, therefore, is to find the ever-moving point of contact between the student’s individual needs and the overarching principles of the craft of painting. As such, the atelier must be an intimate environment, where there can exist a clear, sustained dialogue between student and teacher. The Cumberland Atelier will aim to uphold this type of learning environment through offering ongoing classes with a limited student capacity. The courses that are held throughout the year are designed to build on themselves, so as to provide a continuity between their various lessons, and furnish the student with the appropriate skills.

Founded 2003
Course languages (Check multiple if applicable) English
Accreditation Robert Douglas Hunter Boston School Atelier
Part-Time Instructors 3
Full-Time Instructors 1
Students 34
Accommodation No

Part time: USD 300 / month

Full time: USD 1000 / semester

Cumberland Atelier

1978 Wilson Pike

Franklin, Tennessee, United States

Gayle Levée

Senior Artist and Founder

Gayle Levée is a third-generation artist whose classical training began during childhood.Her parents were both artists, as was her grandfather. Levée majored in painting at the University of Denver.  In her early twenties, she moved East.

In New England, Gayle joined the Copley Society and studied under Robert Douglas Hunter. Her new work was quickly recognized by galleries in Boston, on Cape Cod, in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and the Central South. Collectors from coast to coast have bought her work, which has won awards throughout the United States.  

Levée's workshops in the Boston School of painting have been featured in American Artist magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur. Recently her work was featured in American Art Review, along with that of her mentor, Robert Douglas Hunter. 

Levée conducts an atelier program  in Franklin TN. Her program emphasises sight-size and proportional drawing, Boston School color theory, composition and brushwork. She encourages her students to work from life, especially to practise outdoor drawing and plein air painting. This program is suitable for adults, and includes a weekly mentorship as well as online courses.

Her work is currently available through Bayview Galleries Maine, Powers Gallery  Acton Mass., Bryan Memorial Gallery Vermont, and Richland Gallery Nashville.


Inspiration by Gayle Levée

Raku by Gayle Levée

Sweet Water by Gayle Levée

Lunette by Gayle Levée

A Garden of Old Fashioned Roses by Gayle Levée

Camilla by Richard Greathouse

William by Richard Greathouse

Winter Branch by Richard Greathouse

By Marty Welsh

By Marty Welsh

By Marty Welsh

Hand Study

Skull Study

Animal Skull Study


Still Life

Planes Study


Completed glazing project

Student Artwork

Student Artwork

Student Artwork

Student Artwork

Student Artwork

Cast Study at Plaza, 633 Middleton St. Nashville TN

Painting in Natural Light at On-Track Studio, 1978 Wilson Pike, Franklin TN

Online Study at Studio Levee

Online Sound Studio